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    Happy Holidays Comin’ Up!

    Plan to do a wee bit o’ shopping?

    GREAT! CLICK HERE to make sure that each time you buy online COSCA rings up a contribution!  And it doesn’t cost you a thing.  Zero.  Nada.  Nothing.

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    COSCA President’s End of Year Message

    4acadaff90de754d695dccdec95c5f1fPeople in Scotland call this time of year ‘the Festive Season’. I have never heard that phrase used in the United States but I think it is a lovely one. Who can argue with being festive. No matter how each Scottish American individual and family chooses to do it COSCA wishes each of you a beautiful and peaceful season filled with lots of joy, love and … festivity!

    We also hope that you can take a moment to reflect on the past year – indeed the past several years – and recall how far we have come as a Scottish American community and how much of that progress has been gained because the Council of Scottish American Clans & Associations is out there working for you and your clan, family or other Scottish society. COSCA adopted a two year Strategic Plan in 2012 and we are proud and encouraged that we have met and exceeded our promises and moved COSCA forward as we said we would. We are now working on our next Strategic Plan and we certainly do not plan to slow down or change direction.

    NaIo8p2SAzs6lyimN8TfX_f9uZcKiH-g6ZZvJLiUqB0For now though, please join us on a look back to 2012 through 2014 to remember where we were and how we got to where we are today. For instance, how about timeless victories like repairing and expanding the Scottish clan & family tradition by reconnecting Chiefs and clans and encouraging them to work side by side toward common goals? Yep. Check. Today Scottish Americans enjoy an open and productive long term relationship with the extremely influential Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. By working together with the Chiefs to bring you outstanding and useful events such as 2012’s Stone Mountain Chiefs and Clans Conference, COSCA and the Standing Council of Scottish Chief have proven that good things happen when we collaborate.

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    COSCA Grabs Media Spotlight Once Again:

    COSCA – Rural Hill Partnership Gains North Carolina Attention
    A police pipe band from Texas plays in a circle around their drummers at the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games. (Herald Weekly file photo)

    A police pipe band from Texas plays in a circle around their drummers at the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games. (Herald Weekly file photo)

    Folks in the great state of North Carolina are beginning to sit up and take note of the exciting future in the works for COSCA, Rural Hill and the entire Scottish American community.  Check out the latest article from The Herald Weekly!  We sure hope you can join us at the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games this year for a great celebration!

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    Huge Exciting Announcement:

    RH_IndexCOSCA’s 4th Annual Scottish Clan & Family Caucus Moves To Historic Rural Hill As COSCA & HRH Continue To Work Toward A New Scottish Heritage Center!
    The Cultural Center at Rural Hill

    State of the art conferencing facilities at Rural Hill will host COSCA’s 4th Annual Scottish Clan & Family Caucus as well as workshops and seminars throughout the games weekend steps away from the games field.

    In light of positive collaborative discussions with Historic Rural Hill, Inc., COSCA is delighted to bring the 4th Annual Scottish Clans & Families Caucus to Rural Hill on Friday, April 17, 2015 just prior to the Loch Norman Highland Games. A variety of Caucus workshops and seminars will also be held onsite throughout the Games weekend. The educational theme of the 2015 Scottish Clan & Family Caucus traces the impact upon Scotland of the dramatic interactions between Gaels and key ‘outlander’ cultures: Norse, English and American. A fantastic lineup of speakers and workshops will be announced soon.

    The Council of Scottish Clans & Associations (COSCA) and Historic Rural Hill, Inc. (HRH) are excited also to announce that our organizations are engaged in positive and exciting discussions aimed at reaching an agreement to allow COSCA and HRH to collaboratively establish a world class Scottish heritage center in accordance with the HRH Master Plan on the phenomenal site at Rural Hill outside of Huntersville, North Carolina.

    [Read The Joint COSCA/HRH Media Release Here]


    Heritage should never come to an end.


    But who makes sure?

    Heritage, language, places, relics, culture, values, ancestry.  They can all pass away in a surprised and exasperated heartbeat.  Unfortunately there is no governmental ‘Department of Scottish American Heritage’ that will keep our very special culture and history alive and relevant in this forward looking age.  

    How can we know that Scottish heritage will be strong and active for our children’s children?  For the next thousand years?  For ever?  [Read more … ]  



    COSCA is delighted to bring you a new partnership with
    University of the Highlands and Islands.

    We have had the privilege of working with the great and talented folks at UHI to bring COSCA individual members an outstanding – and may we say ‘Exclusive‘ – opportunity to take advantage of UHI’s cutting edge heritage programs and distance learning environments at a significantly reduced tuition.  This is indeed a remarkable opportunity for anyone who has always wanted to pursue a Scottish heritage degree or has wanted to just ‘dip a toe’ in it to check it out.

    We encourage you to check this one out.  Our contact at UHI for this program is Prof. Donna Heddle and her contact info is1 provided if you follow the magic link below.  She is a very nice lady who has so many answers for you and she does not bite.



    COSCA’s Most Excellent Trip To Scotland And Grandfather Mountain!

    Part 1:  Scotland!

    For the best part of June and July this year, COSCA was at the forefront of both games of the biggest double header in recent Scottish American history:  Scotland’s Homecoming 2014 signature event Bannockburn Live! in Stirling, Scotland followed by the 59th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games back home in North Carolina.  Below is the round up of what happened in Scotland.  In a nutshell, it was awesome.  Absolutely awesome.

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    Part 2:  Grandfather Mountain!

    We have said it before and we’ll say it again: It is difficult to beat Grandfather Mountain Highland Games for Scottish American color and pomp. It is truly a spectacle each and every year. 2014 was no different. Fortunately, this year brought much improved weather over the downpours of last year, sunshine ruled and nothing was cancelled!